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Level 3 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills

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Learn more about animal care, handling and management with our accredited Level 3 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills at Writtle College.

You might already be working in the animal care sector and looking to further your knowledge and skills. Or you might be interested in gaining a recognised qualification and starting your career. Our course will give you all the practical experience and insights you need.

As a student at Writtle College you’ll use our animal studies centre, with its aquatic, reptile and companion animal rooms. you’ll also gain valuable experience with a work placement of at least one day per week.

You should be aged 19+ to study this course.

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Hands-on learning

Join an Animal Management course at Writtle College and:

  • study on our 150-hectare campus with its specialist animal centres and working farm
  • take part in animal handling practicals involving work with a wide range of domesticated and captive species
  • help to support animals’ basic living and nutrition needs
  • go on study trips and gain experience through a short work placement.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


Skills & Education Group

Our course is accredited by the Skills & Education Group. It’s been developed in consultation with employers and Lantra, so you can be sure the course content is consistent with current industry practice.

Awarding body

Skills and Education Group Awards

Skills and Education Group Awards offers qualifications and assessments which are regulated by Ofqual.

Careers and educational progression

By completing our Level 3 Certificate, you’ll gain practical skills, a good understanding of working practices and essential industry knowledge. You’ll be well-prepared to start (or further) a career in the animal care sector.

Apply now for Level 3 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills

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